Supreme Court adjourns Gyakye Quayson’s review application to May 17

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The Supreme Court of Ghana.

The Supreme Court has adjourned to next Tuesday, May 17, 2022, James Gyakye Quayson’s application for the Court to reconsider its decision barring him from holding himself as a Member of Parliament.

The court, in a five-two majority ruling last month, stopped Mr. Quayson from holding himself out as the Member of Parliament for Assin North, saying it has a duty to protect the sanctity of the constitution.

This decision however split public opinion with dissenting views questioning the Apex Court’s position on the right of the Assin North people to representation, while others argued that the Supreme Court was not the appropriate platform for the order.

Though no reasons were assigned for the adjournment, the Court Registry announced to the waiting Courtroom that May 17 is the new date for the hearing. Mr. Quayson filed an application for a review of the Supreme Court’s judgement, restraining him from holding himself as a Member of Parliament or performing any Parliamentary duty.

The embattled Legislator through his Lawyers on Tuesday, April 26 filed the application, arguing, among other things, that the Court’s April 13, 2022 decision “was in patent and fundamental error and violated Article 129(3) of the Constitution.”

He said the decision of the Court failed to appreciate that the suit was in reality an attempt to enforce the decision of the High Court disguised as an invocation of the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

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